The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you have heard the phrase “groupthink” and if so you have a justifiably negative feeling about the idea. The word and idea of groupthink was popularized in the early 1970’s based on a […].

The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live

Kevin Eikenberry

There is a big difference between groupthink and what I call teamthink. The post The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. During this video I talk about the differences, why it is so important, and how as a leader you can improve the chances you get what you want. This is a further expansion of the ideas in this article. Listen to the audio […].

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink; Procrastinate on Purpose – Our Selections for the March First Friday Book Synopsis

First Friday Book Synopsis

Every month since April, 1998, Karl Krayer and I have helped people with the most important and useful content from the best business books. For the March First Friday Book Synopsis, we focus on transferable principles and lessons from two books dealing with: personable productivity, and effective group work. If you are in Dallas on March 6, come join us… Here are our selections for the […]. Randy''s blog entries

Everyone Hates the Boss (and other opportunities)

Let's Grow Leaders

Authenticity Change confidence Fear and Courage bandwagons groupthink leadership opportunities opportunity risks Knowing “everyone’s in the same boat” paralyzes instincts to adjust the sails. Commiserating creates false teams. Misery with company is miserable. Solve problems instead.

Why Good Teams Make Bad Decisions

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Team Effectiveness Groupthink High Performance Teams Team decision making Teamwork Did you ever watch in dismay as a good team began to make a series of bad decisions?

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Why You Should Value the Nonconformist

RapidStart Leadership

When everyone focuses on agreeing and trying to please, you’ll soon find yourself on the Bus to Abilene , a special kind of purgatory for specialists in groupthink. I’m not paying you to agree with me. I’m paying you to think. That’s Colin Powell’s approach to leadership.

Here are My Five Lessons and Takeaways from Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie

First Friday Book Synopsis

Happy talk occurs when group members say that all is going well and likely to go even better—that there is nothing to worry about. ?…happy …happy talk is a principal target of this book. The good news is that if discussion is properly structured and if groups adopt the right norms and practices, they can create […]. Randy''s blog entries

Wiser: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie Daniel Kahneman Harvard Business Review Press How to separate [comma] implement [comma] and optimize the divergent and convergent stages of every problem-solving process If Only We Knew What We Know Jackson Grayson Judgment Calls Judgment: How Winning leaders Make Great Calls Noel Tichy Thinking [comma] Fast and Slow Tom Davenport Warren Bennis Wiser: : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

The Problem-Solving Process That Prevents Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

There are two reasons most of us aren’t very good at creative problem solving. First, few people get training in how to be creative in their education. Second, few people understand group dynamics well enough to harness their power to help groups maximize their creativity.

Don’t Let a Group Dynamic Quash Critical Thinking

First Friday Book Synopsis

Sunstein Don''t Let a Group Dynamic Quash Critical Thinking Harvard Business Review Harvard Business Review Press HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day Reid Hastie Wiser: : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review.

Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

In articles in both the New York Times and The New Yorker earlier this year, the concept of brainstorming as introduced in the 1940's by Alex Osborn has been attacked as ineffective and linked to the concept of " Groupthink.". Suffice it to say, we dislike consensus-based "Groupthink" as much as the next person. Over our many years of experience, we have seen managers effectively use three simple techniques for avoiding "Groupthink" during brainstorming.

In 100 Words: Perils of Blind Conformance

QAspire

Great Quotes Improvement & Development In 100 Words Leadership Managing Career Self Growth conformance conformity Differentiation groupthink

The Master and His Emissary: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "left brain/right brain" dichotomy or conflict the New Groupthink “How do we understand the world [comma] if there are different versions of it to reconcile?” The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World Iain McGilchrist Yale University Press (2009) “How do we understand the world, if there are different versions of it to reconcile?”

Quiet: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain Crown Publishers (2012) How and why our location on “the introvert-extrovert spectrum” influences most (if not all) of our decisions and opinions Throughout most of her book, Susan Cain takes a balanced approach to the immensely difficult task of examining the [.]. Bob's blog entries Albert Einstein Andrew Carnegie being or at least seeming “cool C.A.

Incumbentitis - The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

Netflix Menasha Innovation Culture Innovation Incumbentitis Incumbent IBM Groupthink Ford AppleWell, we've just been through quite an election - out with the ‘old', in with the new - well, somewhat, there were several incumbents re-elected. This isn't a mandate for or against either party; it was a mandate for an economic revolution to get rid of big government and make one that works for the people. Is the government capable of re-inventing itself? Of innovating?

The #1 Killer of Change

Lead Change Blog

In my view, the #1 killer element is groupthink. He believed, as I do, that groupthink erodes values; stifles critical thinking, limits creativity; enables undue influence of direction; and, allows inequity of action.

How SWOT Analysis Harms Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink. One particularly big problem is known as groupthink , where groups tend to coalesce around the opinions of a powerful leader. To me, it was a clear example of groupthink, ignoring the elephant in the room. In the context of our increasingly disrupted, globalizing, and multicultural world, leaders greatly appreciate the security and comfort of clear-cut strategic plans for the future.

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LeadershipNow 140: January 2019 Compilation

Leading Blog

Winston Churchill, Groupthink, and the Dardanelles by @michaelaroberto. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2019 that you don't want to miss: 6 Tips for First-Time Managers by @JesseLynStoner. If You Think You Can, You Will by @DougConant. How To Be Successful by @sama. What if we started asking " What problem would you like to help solve? " @FahdAlhattab. VIDEO: How to turn a group of strangers into a team by @AmyCEdmondson.

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2014

Leading Blog

Wiser : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December. The Best Place to Work : The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman. A Year with Peter Drucker : 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello. Winning the Long Game : How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future by Steven Krupp and Paul J.H. Schoemaker.

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The Problem is Not Too Many Meetings – The Problem is Too Many “Bad” Meetings

First Friday Book Synopsis

On Friday, I presented my synopsis of Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie (Harvard Business Review Press; 2014). I started my presentation this way: The problem is not too many meetings; the problem is too many bad meetings. There is no doubt that practically all progress […]. Randy''s blog entries

Groups; Meetings; Communicating – You’re Doing It Wrong! – (Insight From Wiser By Sunstein And Hastie)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I thought of this Slate series as I was reading Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Slate.com has an occasional “You’re doing it wrong” article. What a smart, good, right-on-target series. Their articles are usually on day-to-day tasks, like “You’re doing it wrong: scrambled eggs.” Sunstein and Reid Hastie, my […]. Randy''s blog entries

Get Savvy

Leading Blog

Not only does this foster groupthink, but it most often creates a toxic us versus them mentality “often leading to the demonization of the ‘other’ and contributing to discrimination and sometimes violence.” F AKE NEWS is not a new phenomenon.

How Would You Put Your Organization Out of Business?

Talent Anarchy 1

Among the things he discussed in his keynote was how to combat groupthink. Groupthink may be the most dangerous force running rampant within organizations today. To combat Groupthink requires divergent thinking. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hearing Adam Grant speak.

36 Lessons for Business & Life from Trillion Dollar Coach Bill Campbell

Leading Blog

The goal of consensus leads to “groupthink” and inferior decisions. B ILL CAMPBELL was one of the most influential background players in Silicon Valley.

Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

Leading Blog

These are questions that require you to challenge groupthink, conventional wisdom, and your own biases. B EING A LEADER often means making far-reaching decisions that require major investments of time, resources, and energy. Complete certainty is seldom possible.

Anxiety, Communication and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

When several team members don’t speak freely, groupthink rears its head, sometimes even with catastrophic implications. In my post Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation Is Easy , I laid the link between Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory and current emotions.

Diversity and Inclusion – Two Very Different Concepts

Great Leadership By Dan

This creates a culture where disagreement and debate is welcome, and guards against blind spots and groupthink. Guest post from Stephen Frost and Raafi-Karim Alidina: To build an inclusive organisation, there are two main things you need to do.

Originals or How Non-Conformists Move the World

Leading Blog

Dealing with Groupthink. Cohesion in a group doesn’t cause groupthink. T HERE ARE SO FEW originals in life. “We We find surface ways of appearing original—donning a bow tie, wearing bright red shoes—without taking the risk of actually being original.

10 Ways to Keep “Post-truth” From Crippling Your Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Discourage groupthink and don’t shoot the messenger. A few things have happened recently that increase performance pressure on character-based leaders who are dedicated to doing what’s right: The Oxford Dictionary announced the word post-truth as its 2016 word of the year.

Don’t Hire For Culture Fit

LDRLB

As a manager, you want a team of people who are diverse and who know how to leverage friction and disagreement toward better decision making and away from groupthink. You’ve probably heard the advice: “Don’t hire for skills, hire for culture fit.”.

7 Ways for Leaders to Deal With Bias

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink : the psychological phenomenon for alignment that occurs within a group of people because of the desire for, and/or pressure to, have harmony or conformity. Once upon a time there was a boss who was an extrovert and who preferred working with extroverts.

Fight More. Fight Better.

Talent Anarchy 1

We don’t want to fight tooth and nail over every topic that comes up (we’re not trying to be Congress after all), but we also don’t want to be wallowing in groupthink and dishonesty. In Jason’s most recent post , he mentioned the importance of setting rules for conflict.

How to Avoid 3 Big Mistakes About Being Biased

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink says it’s brash extroverts that make the company thrive. Go ahead—second guess yourself.

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Is the Time Right For You to Speak Out?

Lead Change Blog

That being your motivation, how do you step in the opposite direction—away from peer pressure, business norms, groupthink, and the power of conformity—to share a perspective that’s contrary to both expected and rewarded workplace behavior?

LeadershipNow 140: January 2017 Compilation

Leading Blog

Unleashing Creativity And Avoiding Groupthink by Michelle M Smith via @octanner. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2017 that you might have missed: Don’t you love the beginning of a new year? by @mark_sanborn. Do team values unite or divide your team? JesseLynStoner. Your Only Competition Is Yourself by @paul_larue. The Impoverishment of Attention by Shane Parrish @farnamstreet. Five Culture Killers in Your Organization by @GrowingLeaders.

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One Woman on a Corporate Board Equals Fewer Accounting Errors

Women on Business

Instead, she suggests, “heterogeneous groups are less susceptible to groupthink.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: According to The Wall Street Journal , just 15.6% of corporate board seats at Fortune 1000 companies are held by women (up 1% from the prior year). What’s most disheartening about this statistic is that research shows again and again that diversity creates stronger teams and higher outcomes.

The 11 Essential Elements Needed to Achieve True Collaboration

Leading Blog

Without diversity groupthink sets in. Dan Sanker states that ironically, in order to remain “competitive” companies will have to become more collaborative. Collaborate: The Art of We is a practical guide to going beyond democratic or cooperative work to creating truly collaborative work environments as a growth strategy. Collaboration is not a new concept, but globalization and new technologies have turned it into one of the best methods of competitive advantage available.

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What's Your Leadership B Side?

Great Leadership By Dan

Or, if on the other hand you build trust by prioritizing people and a collaborative culture, you might overemphasize getting everyone to agree, which can discourage differing opinions and lead to Groupthink.

A time and a place for brainstorming techniques

Rapid BI

Brainstorming often gets a bad press, with the popular belief being that it fosters groupthink and generally hinders the creative process. New research shines a new light on the value of brainstorming however, especially a bit later in the creative process when ideas have already been generated. Management Brainstorming brainstorming research business strategy Chartered Management Institute collaboration guest idea generation technique

Disrupting the Routine: 7 Ways to Change for the Good

RapidStart Leadership

But after a while, even the best ones can descend into groupthink and lose their creative edge. There are some who will tell you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Anxiety, Communication and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

When several team members don’t speak freely, groupthink rears its head, sometimes even with catastrophic implications. In my post Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation Is Easy , I laid the link between Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory and current emotions.

Why You Need Both Knowledge and Wisdom

Strategy Driven

Groupthink is a real thing. If just being the smartest person in the room was enough, then no smart person would ever fail. But failure lurks around every corner for all of us. It’s hard to believe in our youth, but time reveals how little ‘d’ democratic failure can be.

A Silent Leadership Killer

Aspire-CS

Groupthink is powerful: a little unethical conduct here, a white lie there — justification is available for every integrity-compromised action. Almost every leader I know will tell you that he or she places integrity at the top of personal values. Given the widespread leadership failure that led to the Great Recession — I wonder how many of those leaders had integrity as a core value?